ARTS & CULTURE

What Philip Roth Has To Tell Us About Anti-Semitism

Jun 13, 2018
South Carolina passed a law to counter anti-Semitism on college campuses, following a violent white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville. Pictured, rally participants prepare to enter Emancipation Park on August 12, 2017.
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I know it might seem confusing. Why wouldn’t Jews support a law that combats anti-Semitism? Wouldn’t that be like gay people opposing a law against homophobia, or people of color rejecting a law against racism?

The portrait of Russell Sturgis at the Worcester Art Museum has a new sign next to it with information about his connections to slavery.
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At the Worcester Art Museum's early American portrait gallery, I was recently struck by a painting of a man named Russell Sturgis.

Sol LeWitt's "Wall Drawing 867" installed at UConn in Storrs, Connecticut, pictured in October 2017.
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For the last 40 years or so, publicly-funded buildings in Connecticut were required by law to spend one percent of their total costs on art. 

Do you listen to Public Radio? Are you often quoting NEPR stories you heard to friends in conversation? Do you constantly find yourself listening while doodling? This might be the answer for you to give back that love of listening to your public radio station! 

New England Public Radio is seeking submissions from local artists for our 12th Annual Art Mug! The limited-edition mug will be available to New England Public Radio's contributing listeners during the station's on-air fund drives from September 2017 through June 2018.

Brynn Cartelli, 15, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, takes part in the Live Playoffs on "The Voice" on April 16, 2018.
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A high school student from western Massachusetts performed on a national TV program Monday night, trying to win a singing competition.

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
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A Norman Rockwell painting sold by the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to one in California will be on display locally next month.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The first two pieces up for auction from the Berkshire Museum's art collection fetched more than $1.4 million at auction Monday night in New York.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Now that the long legal battle is over, the first two pieces of art from the Berkshire Museum's collection will hit the auction block Monday night. 

Minutes into touring the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the visitors came across a black-and-white photo of a young Clara Clemens, a daughter of Mark Twain. Soon, it dawned on everyone that Clara looks a lot like Milianis Rivera, a Puerto Rican evacuee.

Manuel Oliver creates a mural outside South Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 20, 2018.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The father of one of the students killed in Parkland, Florida in February was in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Friday, making his opinions known through art.

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